Jerry Portnoy was born in 1943 and grew up in the blues rich atmosphere of Chicago's famous Maxwell Street Market during the golden age of Chicago Blues. He began his professional career in the late 60's and since that time has performed, live and on television, to more people in more places than any other blues harmonica player.
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Jerry Portnoy is the most expressive blues harp player around today.
-Savannah Morning News
Mr. Portnoy crests like an alto saxophone.
-New York Times
Widely recognized as the greatest blues harpist of his generation.
The finest blues harmonica player in the business.
The number one blues harp anywhere.
-Rocking Chair Magazine
A subtle and superb harpist.
-Lexington, Kentucky Leader
The smoothest, sweetest player I ever heard.
-Kingston Ontario Whig-Standard
Exciting, soulful riffs that make your hair stand on end.
Portnoy is amazing both as a soloist as well as an accompanist.
Sounded like a whole brass section of an orchestra.
Willing to teach
he most thorough, detailed and comprehensive instructional method ever done for the blues harmonica, yet the easiest to follow and understand.
Contains 3 hours of personal instruction with more than 300 playing examples at slow and regular speed, along with the coaching and explanations.
Included are: Chord rhythm, tongue blocking, syncopating chords, octaves, back rhythm, lip pursing, lip blocking, 12 bar structure, bending notes, transitions, 2 draw vs. 3 blow, vibrato, warbles, flutters, growls, barks, kiss pops, rips and glisses, double and triple tonguing, tongue switching, special chords, shaping notes, use of the hands, breathing, diaphragm attack, positions and finally, mics, amps and playing with a band